Class changes due to COVID-19

Following the closure of indoor sports gatherings in Australia, indoor classes at the Holy Trinity Church hall facility are cancelled indefinitely with immediate effect. Saturday (outside) courses continue for the meantime, although only solo exercises will be taught and practiced with at least 2m distance between practitioners. The class schedule …

2020 Classes

Regular classes start in March 2020 : Tuesday evenings – starting Tues. March 3rd, at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 520 Sydney road (see https://www.changeskill.com/tai-chi-chuan-classes/practical-tai-chi-chuan-classes/ ) 6.30 – 8.30 pm Saturday mornings – alternate weeks (twice a month), starting Sat. Feb 29th, at De Chene reserve near the football oval and …

Force, Strength and Power

Working my way through the Australian Kungfu Federation’s coaching accreditation, I was reminded of that good old sports science equation: Strength + Speed = Power From the point of view of Tai Chi Chuan, this presents some points of interest. In the Classics, reference is made to “Li” (strength) and “Jin” …

Tai Chi fight training

Change Skill school of Practical Tai Chi Chuan provides a separate, opt-in workstream for fight training. It is typically embedded in regular classes, for those who wish to work on this, and open to anyone whether or not they are studying the style. Most Tai Chi practitioners do not actually …

Gin, Jin, Jing, Chin?

In Thai “Jing jing” means “really true”, so for example “Aroy jing jing” means “that really is delicious!”. The Tai Chi Newbie may jar a little when they are told that Gin is at the heart of Chinese internal martial arts. Others, typically with some background in Qigong, might say …

Internal and External

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese internal martial art, listed as part of the ‘Nei jia quan‘ (‘Internal family boxing’). As such it contrasts with external martial arts (‘Wai jia quan’, where ‘Wai’ translates as ‘External’). The distinction may be traced back to the 17th century, although my teacher points …